Sundown Wednesday marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days or Rosh Hashanah. The holy day also opens the Jewish new year, 5741 under the Jewish calendar.

During the 10 "Days of Awe" between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is customary for Jewish faithful to spend additional time in prayer and introspection and to ask God, family and friends for forgiveness for the previous year's wrongdoings.

The culmination of the High Holy Days occurs on Yom Kippur, which falls on Saturday, Sept 20, this year. On Yom Kippur, Jews abstain from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset

Two area synagogues are exhibiting Jewish art to mark the holy days. Local artist Lyndia Barbara Terr will display a series of pastels depicting female biblical heroines and feminist interpretations of High Holy Day themes at Congregation Agudas Achim in Alexandria.

Congregation B'nai Israel is unveiling two bronze Holocaust Memorial Sculptures at 9 p.m. tomorrow, at the synagogue at 6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville. The bronzes are the creation of New Jersey artist Sanford Werfel.

Terr's exhibit will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the synagugue at 2908 Valley Dr., Alexandria, through Oct. 4.